|Of Love and War
Author: Patience Halliwell PM
Aang once again outsmarted Zuko. Lucky for him, Zuko has insurance: Katara. But as the waterbender captive spends more time with the prince, will Zuko be able to get the information he needs from her, or will his heart get in the way?Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Adventure - Katara & Zuko - Chapters: 21 - Words: 40,730 - Reviews: 378 - Favs: 148 - Follows: 63 - Updated: 05-24-06 - Published: 10-17-05 - Status: Complete - id: 2623611
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Love Over War
"Everyone, listen up!" All the people in the village turned their heads towards the loud voice. They finally bowed down in front of the voice when they realized they voice belonged to Princess Azula of the Fire Nation. "I would rather have you all look at me. Where is the mayor of this town?" An old man with a long, silver beard stood up. (Try to imagine Pie Mai from Kill Bill.)
"What honor do we owe to the crowned princess of the Fire Nation?" Azula quickly grabbed a scroll and unraveled it. On it was a picture of the Blue Spirit with writing on it.
"Listen carefully. A few days ago, a man calling himself the Blue Spirit snuck into a Fire Nation prison and kidnapped the princess of the Southern Water Tribes. She was being held under safe custody so she could see the Fire Nation Lord Ozai to discuss business, but the Blue Spirit took her hostage, along with killing the Admiral Zhao. We must apprehend this criminal at all costs. Anyone that helps him will be considered an enemy of the Fire Nation and an accessory to crime as well. He is very dangerous, but we want him alive. I am sure you will cooperate with us."
"I wish we could help you with your search, but we have not seen this man or any princess besides you." The mayor bowed in respect. "If we do see him, we will not let him escape."
"I appreciate your loyalty. As you were." Azula stepped down from the platform and went to her advisors.
"Under safe custody, Princess Azula. That was truly genius."
"The Blue Spirit will surely be hated for his criminal acts."
"Yes," Azula said with a smirk, "and he has no where to go now. I can focus my energies on my mission. It's time to pay a visit to my dear brother." Azula and her advisors left, not knowing who had all heard her message.
"Are you sure that it was Katara?" Aang asked.
"She said the princess of the Southern Water Tribes. My dad is the chief. That makes her a princess." Aang turned to pet Momo as he thought. "I'm really starting to get worried, Aang. We've been looking for Katara for a long time. I know you have learned waterbending and you need to learn earthbending, but don't you think Katara will be in trouble if we leave her with that Blue Spirit?" Aang thought about this for a second. He remembered how the Blue Spirit had saved him. Then he remembered that the Blue Spirit was indeed Zuko. If Zuko really was evil, he would have killed Katara. No, Aang said to himself. Katara will be alright. The only reason why he wants her is to bait me. I need to learn earthbending and firebending yet.
"I think Katara will be alright for now. The Blue Spirit did save me. I'm sure he wouldn't hurt an innocent." Aang climbed up on Appa and sat next to Sokka. "We should hurry up. The sooner I learn earthbending, the sooner we can see Katara. Yip! Yip!"
"Don't move, Katara. You'll only make the pain worse." Katara's shot wide open. Could it possibly be him? Did he come save me? She looked to her side and almost started to cry.
"Zu…ko?" His name felt so good to say, even if it just was a whisper. She couldn't believe it was him. She thought it was just a dream, but it was real. "Is it really you?"
"Yes, Katara," Zuko said. His voice was no longer rough and snobbish, but soft and loving. "You went through quite an ordeal. I imagine you won't be able to move much for awhile. You won't fully recover until we get back to the South Pole."
"The South Pole? Zuko, are we really going…" Zuko nodded. He picked up a bowl of soup and spooned the liquid slowly into her mouth. It was so warm and good. She was so hungry; she could have probably eaten anything.
"You must be hungry. I imagine Zhao didn't let you have anything to eat. I want to go back to the South Pole for a reason. We need to get you back for healing. I'm sure you will be happy to see your family again. There is something else. I probably am not welcomed back in my country anymore. I'm sure my cruel father will never accept me as his son. When you were gone, I realized that I was a fool. I need to be with you, Katara. I want to be a part of your family. I never want to leave your side again. You are the one has softened my heart in this horrible war. I want to be with you. And if that means giving up my thrown, my country, and my honor, then so be it. I only need you. I choose love over war. I said I would always protect you, and I will. I will never let anything happen to you as long as you promise me one thing. Promise me that you will never give up on us. You have to fight."
"Zuko, I'm so sorry." By now, tears were streaming down her face. She used all of her strength to sit up and hug him. She didn't want to let go of him. She felt the same as he did. She wanted to be with him for the rest of her life. "I put you through so much pain. I will never leave you again, Zuko. I want to be with you. I love you." Zuko smiled as they shared a passionate kiss. She tasted so sweet. He didn't want to let her go, but he released her and laid her down back on the bed.
"I love you, too." He started to leave, but he felt a weak hand holding his sleeve.
"Please don't leave me. Stay with me." Zuko smiled as he sat down and held her hand. Memories rushed through his head, including the time he kissed her after she had become ill. She asked him to stay with her that time too. He watched her as she fell asleep.
"I will always be with you, Katara. I will never leave you again. I will always love you."